Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was chosen president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the UAE’s official WAM news agency on Saturday.
The Federal Supreme Council met today to pick the president, who will serve a five-year term before running for re-election. According to Khaleej Times, the new president was chosen from among the members of the Federal Supreme Council. Sheikh Mohamed has also been the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces since January 2005, according to the statement. He is well-known for his contributions to the development of the UAE Armed Forces in terms of strategic planning, training, organisational structure, and the promotion of defence capabilities.
The UAE Armed Forces have grown as a prominent institution, generally appreciated by worldwide military organisations, under his leadership.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the rulers of the United Arab Emirates’ seven sheikhdoms. It comes following the death on Friday of late President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who had been in office since 2004 and died at the age of 73 after a protracted illness.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half-mast and three days of closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels and the private sector,” the agency wrote on Twitter on Friday.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE,” Emirates News Agency, also known as WAM, said in a statement.